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"Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon

Adriax Re:OMG! (480 comments)

A boss?

yesterday
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Head of FCC Proposes Increasing Internet School Fund

Adriax Re:Don't you know? (103 comments)

$8 USB stick doesn't fix email problems.
Or record keeping/attendance.
Or video calls.

Or spur of the moment media needs for that matter. Being able to go off on a tangent to answer good questions posed by your students is an effective teaching tool. Or are you one of those that believes the cold, rigid bootcamp style of reading directly from a pre-prepared lesson plan and squashing all unexpected/unapproved curiosity is the most effective means to teach children?

2 days ago
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Three-Way Comparison Shows PCs Slaying Consoles In Dragon Age Inquisition

Adriax Re:Duh (213 comments)

Someday I will discover their secrets.
I tried gold plating my own fiber optic cables but they just stopped working.

2 days ago
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Lunar Mission One Proposes To Take Core Sample, Plant Time Capsule On the Moon

Adriax Re:Robots can't drill (69 comments)

Such a mission would be doomed to fail. There's no meth in space and from how much the riggers around here buy that shit up I'm fair sure methamphetamine is a required part of the drilling process.

2 days ago
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NYC To Replace Most of Its Payphones With Free Gigabit WiFi In 2015

Adriax Re:My guess? (106 comments)

Not always about illegal shit.

Local upstart gaining too much traction at the polls with irrelevant shit like doing what the peons want them to? Have an intern track his movements through the AP access logs and find a pattern to exploit. Take a cameraman, and an actor, and Oh My Gosh, is that your opponent groping random busty pedestrians on 42 avenue?

Yeah it's all possible without the APs, but this would be cheaper and easier. Doesn't require hiring a person to shadow them, someone who could make a mistake, get caught, or confess. And the location search is easily passed off as an effective tool for catching pedophile kidnappers.

3 days ago
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Revitalizing Medical Imaging With Ultrasound-On-a-Chip

Adriax Re:Anyone has a link to a patent app? (47 comments)

Hey, they have to have some justification to charge people 2 months of an average middle class salary for a pair of tylenol.

about two weeks ago
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Flaw in New Visa Cards Would Let Hackers Steal $1M Per Card

Adriax Re:Well... no. (126 comments)

Up to. Meaning $0-$999,999.
Script a repeated transaction preload for $5 on a device then go wait at a chokepoint to any high traffic area. Subway, airport, shopping center, sports stadium, ect...

You could rake in quite a lot in a short timeframe doing that.

about two weeks ago
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Russia Takes Down Steve Jobs Memorial After Apple's Tim Cook Comes Out

Adriax Re:Never mind that Steve Jobs was not gay (430 comments)

Of course it is. That's the whole basis of the secret american gay bomb, which russian intelligence reports was in development 20 years ago, so it must be completed by now.

Obviously the anti-homosexual laws are truly for the public good. Suppressing the natural background count of gayness so if the americans did cowardly attack russians with their dastardly gay bomb it would be easier to detect.

about two weeks ago
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Cutting the Cord? Time Warner Loses 184,000 TV Subscribers In One Quarter

Adriax Re:They tried to raise prices 20% unnanounced (392 comments)

Yes, we realize that. That's why he tried removing all the splitters in the first place.
Our line still has a shitty signal due to the off property wiring they refuse to even look at. But as a result of them grubbing for more cash my father decided it was finally time to see how people without cable TV live, and the net result was better internet and a better viewing experience.

Now I just have to convince him having 7 other wireless routers in the area is keeping his wifi signal in the shitter as well. So running ethernet to service the new streaming boxes he's getting will be a good idea.

about three weeks ago
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Cutting the Cord? Time Warner Loses 184,000 TV Subscribers In One Quarter

Adriax Re:They tried to raise prices 20% unnanounced (392 comments)

Wyoming or thereabouts, right?
Sounds about right. They did the tuner box switch just a month ago, but they've run commercials on it all year.

Dad has had the triple play thing for like 2 years now and has bitched constantly about the price it went up to.
We just went internet only with netflix and cell phones.

Didn't know about the lower 30 still being available, but it would explain why I found a half dozen old channel filter plugs laying in the street in laramie a month ago. Cable guys must be cleaning them off the lines since they don't need to filter the noise off channels anymore.

about three weeks ago
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Cutting the Cord? Time Warner Loses 184,000 TV Subscribers In One Quarter

Adriax Re:They tried to raise prices 20% unnanounced (392 comments)

Yes, I know what the boxes do. As I said, the local cable co. switched from decoder only for channels>100 to converter box for all channels a month ago. They turned off the signal that any flatscreen with a coax jack could read to get channels 1-100.

Even if I was completely ignorant to how cable works, they've been playing commercials explaining the change for the last half year.

about three weeks ago
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Cutting the Cord? Time Warner Loses 184,000 TV Subscribers In One Quarter

Adriax Re:They tried to raise prices 20% unnanounced (392 comments)

Local cable company recently swapped to a completely digital signal so everyone had to rent a new tuner box for every TV in their house (at something like $10 a month each). We stopped using cable but my dad kept with it.
One thing he noticed is his internet connection went to (even more) shit after the change. So he disconnected all the TVs yesterday and wired it so the cable signal just goes to the modem.
3x the download speeds and half the ping time, plus he loved not having to deal with constant commercials as he watched the news on his computer.

Cable companies are shooting themselves in the foot trying to squeeze a couple extra drops of revenue out of people.

about three weeks ago
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Scientists Coax Human Embryonic Stem Cells Into Making Insulin

Adriax Re:embryonic stem cells (100 comments)

Embryonic is easy mode, the cells can become literally any cell of the body.
Next you figure out what traits are absolutely necessary to make a cell produce insulin and compare it to the traits of pluripotent cells made from adult cells of various parts of the body. Maybe skin cells can be coaxed into it, or maybe muscle cells, or liver.

With this breakthrough they have a template that could quickly lead to diabetics being cured by a quick sample being cut out then reimplanted a month later after being changed into insulin producer cells.

about a month and a half ago
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A Garbage Truck That Would Make Elon Musk Proud

Adriax Re:Distance and Charge Time (174 comments)

According to the article the conversion kit costs $100k and it has no mention to lifespan.

But say your lifespan number is correct, lets look at this.
8 hrs a day, 5 days a week, 52 weeks a year for a fulltime 100% driving duty vehicle = 2080 hours/year.
So already this conversion would last 5 years at a bare minimum. Please note the article suggests a 3 year payback time on this, meaning a possibility of an extra $66k of savings for the medium duty kit.

Of course that would require the turbine to be running full time and the vehicle to be in motion the full time. Which is not the workload they are targeting.
For a garbage truck spending some of its work time parked to pickup dumpsters and most of its driving being start/stop (regenerative braking), lets say the turbine only runs 66% of the time. That would give a converted garbage hauler a 7+ year engine lifespan, which is frankly pretty darn good.
A delivery truck with a maybe 50% drive time would last over 10 years.

about a month and a half ago
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A Garbage Truck That Would Make Elon Musk Proud

Adriax Re:Distance and Charge Time (174 comments)

An electric drive train weighs a fraction of what an axle drive train does for those monsters, and an electric motor is MUCH better for a stop&go traffic pattern due to resting torque differences and regenerative braking.
Plus the generator can be tuned for a singular operating RPM since the battery bank will be buffering the energy. That right there simplifies the engine and boosts efficiency.

I'm a fan of the electric + generator hybrid setup. It can take advantage of the existing fuel infrastructure for distance, while giving efficiency gains and allowing designers to use a wider range of engine designs for the generator. I would guess there are a couple engine designs out there that are more efficient/powerful for the mass and/or volume but can't do the variable RPM a 4-12 piston IC does.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is It Worth Being Grandfathered On Verizon's Unlimited Data Plan?

Adriax Re:Boost mobile (209 comments)

Didn't say it was t-mobile's marketing lies. Just yours.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is It Worth Being Grandfathered On Verizon's Unlimited Data Plan?

Adriax Re:Boost mobile (209 comments)

No, that situation is referred to as "More than I need".
"Unlimited as long as you don't actually use it" is not unlimited, not by any logical definition. It has a limit, therefor it is the opposite of unlimited.

Your definition is 100% marketing lies.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is It Worth Being Grandfathered On Verizon's Unlimited Data Plan?

Adriax Re:Boost mobile (209 comments)

So it's unlimited as long as you don't exceed a predefined limit?

about a month and a half ago
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Blizzard Has Canceled Titan, Its Next-gen MMO

Adriax Re:The luxury of money (155 comments)

You forgot "and have another studio finish the rest of the planned features for release as DLC."

about 2 months ago

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